"Really well written"
I've now listened to a few Haruki Murakami books, and have enjoyed all of them. Interestingly, this one was translated by more than one person, which you might think would make the style a bit bitty, but it doesn't at all - it flows well throughout. As with all his novels I've read/listened to, it's a bit weird - sort of sci-fi and sort of everyday life, all mixed up together. Somehow he manages to make it work and easy to follow. And although he does use the same kind of mix of genres in other books, they are still very different from each other. He also writes incredibly well.
"Disappointing - living up to the title is hard."
This is an intriguing story but an unsatisfying "read"; If I want magical realism, I'll opt for the depth and wit of Rushdie rather than the cold surrealism on offer here.
'Cold' being the operative word. The book just leaves me cold. The actors/readers are professional if unemotional, but I don't think the fault lies with them. I think the characters themselves come across as unemotional. Perhaps this is a cultural artifact. The Japanese attitude towards sex can be very 'matter of fact', but for all the sexual content in this book it "reads" with all the passion and emotion of an Ikea flat-pack instruction manual.
"Science Fiction and Surrealism"
If you are thinking of entering the world of Science Fiction and Surrealism for the first time, this book is a definite choice. It held my attention from beginning to end. Haruki Murakami doesn't waste words, each word has it place and is necessary for his tale. The word pictures he paints make every page a reality in the surrealist world which he conveys to the reader. I read it both as an audiobook and in its hard cover format. He has whet my appetite for more of his books.
"Emperors New Clothes"
I know I am probably wrong but I just didn't think this was all that great. I didn't really get it although the story was okay it dragged a little and I didn't feel especially moved by it. A lot of people have raved about it and maybe I am too simple minded but it's all just a bit dull.
This is an interesting novel which is both thought provoking and enlightening. Murakami creates a non 'space age' type science fictionesque story with a refreshing twist.
The narration is very good and brings the characters to life.
The first audio book I've never finished, and I really tried.
I knew it was a 'slow burner' but this was tough. I managed 5hrs and actually began to dread having to sit on the tube and listen to another 30 minutes.
For those 5hrs the storyline never really shone through for me. The characters seemed well shaped and the narrators were fine, but the shear lack of pace or glimmer of something interesting killed it for me.
An amazing story! Very well narrated. The book is quite long but I really didn't want it to end. I didn't know anything about the book and was very surprised by the way the book unfolded.
"Well recommended Murakami"
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and will buy more now from the same author. Contrary to other reviewer I particularly enjoyed the parts narrated by Allison Hiroto and did not find her at all grating. It made the listening easier having a separate reader for each main character.
There's a bit of a breast obsession at times within the novel however the story itself is powerful and gripping. Well recommended audio book.
"A sureal love story"
I guess its all a matter of taste but I loved this story and I thought the choice of narrators leant a lot to the overall feel of the book. In true Murami style the characters are well moulded and their lives interwoven throughout. I liked the way the stories of the two main characters, Aomame and Tengo were featured as alternative chapters until the last few chapters when of course it was necessary to feature them together. It was in parts repetetive and I found the repeated pronounciation errors rather irritating i.e Aomame was armed with a heckler and coke, and one of the male narrators constantly referred to Tango. Despite this I really enjoyed it although I still think his best is "The Windup Bird!"
"Worth the journey"
I had Murakami introduced to me by a friend. I am so glad he did this and 1Q84, my fourth Murakami, failed to disappoint. The story is about parallel worlds, the power of secret sects, mysterious "little people" and also a love story. The plot wends its way through the two main characters who work their way closer and closer together as the novel unfurls.
The narration is through three characters which adds good variation. Allison Hiroto's narration is stylised but I think suited the character. It is a long book but I would not have wanted it abridged, Murakami is for people who enjoy the journey, as much as getting to the destination.
I would recommend this book to those who want something a bit different and like being left thinking, yes, was that possible and what next? An excellent way to end a good book.